07/29/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/29/2021 14:50
Release Date: Jul 29, 2021
Contact(s): Public Affairs Officer: Christopher Leeser,(814) 728-6281
Please Share Your Thoughts on Developed Recreation Sites in Allegheny National Forest
Warren, PA, July 28, 2021- The US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service is conducting a Recreation Site Analysis (RSA) of the developed recreation sites in the Allegheny National Forest. Sixty-three sites including, campgrounds, picnic areas, trailheads, boat launches, beaches, and interpretive sites are under review by our staff to determine the sites' value in contributing to public recreation demand and preferences, environmental integrity, and the economic vitality of the forest and its communities. The goal of the RSA is to build a five-year program of work that will help shift the Forest's recreation program to a more sustainable path given today's recreation trends and available funds.
We plan to implement solutions by determining the most sustainable activities, investments, and locations for developed recreation opportunities. Through the RSA process, we will make decisions about which sites we can continue to maintain, which sites need improvements, which sites need the amenities scaled back or removed, and which sites may need to be returned to undeveloped forest habitat.
'Citizen engagement is an essential part of informing the Recreation Site Analysis and we welcome everyone's input. We want to understand which sites and amenities are important to our visitors and to our regional economy. Decisions based on the analysis will influence how current and future generations connect with and hopefully enjoy all the Forest has to offer,' said Forest Supervisor Jamie Davidson.
Comments can be submitted most easily through the Allegheny National Forest Recreation Site Analysis Public Commenting Tool, by clicking the link, connecting through https://bit.ly/3hmBVRw, or by scanning the QR code printed in publications and posted on bulletin boards at our developed recreation sites and throughout the area. Comments may also be submitted in writing to ANF Public Affairs Officer, 4 Farm Colony Drive, Warren, PA 16365, or verbally by calling 814-728-6281. Comments are most helpful when received by September 10, 2021.